Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Encyclopedia Side Table


If you kept up with me via social media while I was off the blog grid then you saw me post this fabo table not too long ago. This was one of those projects that I had all the pieces laying around for ages and I just never did anything. But then I did and I instantly didn't want to sell it. 


Reed and I finished this piece off back in about February but I just never found a spot I wanted to photograph it. Then I did, right in my own living room and I fell even more in love. But alas, I do not need another table, despite how cool this one is so it's up for grabs. 



This awesome side table features some 1950's  world encyclopedias, mid century modern table legs, vintage beveled glass, and hardware. 

That list is sure full of history. Each material has so many story lines etched on its surface and I am IN LOVE with it. I wanted the table to feel like it was made from history and I think that was achieved nicely by the simple design. 



The best part of the table is the negative space between the binding on the books and the glass top. 

Such beautiful lines that allow each material to stand on its own. 


 I hope the home that this little table finds loves it as much as I do.

All this history needs a place to be the center of attention, and those lines need some loving too :)

I am hoping to pump out a new furniture design every month for the remainder of the year. Join me on Instagram to keep up to date on the progress and I will be sharing the final products here!!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

The End of a great party!


Hey sweet sweet friends and blog family!

As I'm sure you have noticed Lori and I haven't been around much lately. We have both been busy living life unplugged except for our weekly party with you gals. This past week we decided to take a break from the party for a time. We aren't sure when or if we will start back but want you to know that we have thoroughly enjoyed each and every week you have shared your favorite projects, recipes, and thoughts with us. Thank you for being apart of this Making Monday Family and I hope that you continue to be apart of our blog land lives :)

Keep on making, writing, and sharing!
We love y'all!!
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

making Monday 91

Welcome to Making Monday

This weekend has been glorious for me! So many things accomplished including some great time with friends, amazing church service, fishing, projects, and yard work!! AMEN right?!

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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

 YALL! I'M THE WORST AND HAVEN'T WRITTEN THE PARTY :[
I'm getting to it but for now just link up and I will have this up and ready with in the hour :) 

 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
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Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!



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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Making Monday 90

Welcome to Making Monday

Hello friends. I hope you're all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and spending extra special time remembering friends and family members that have passed on to the next life.
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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

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Gracie educates us on Ordering Custom Art & Decor.
 
The Best Hamburger & Meatloaf Seasoning
Lori's tried a new seasoning for hamburgers and meatloaf and it's her new favorite ~ The Best Seasoning for Hamburgers and Meatloaf.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

Feature90-TieDyeNailsHow to Tie Dye Your Nails ~ Jamie at C.R.A.F.T
 
Feature90-PetiteCoconutPopoversPetite Coconut Popovers ~ Brandie at Home Cooking Memories
 
Feature90-NoFryFriedIceCreamNo Fry Fried Ice Cream ~ Jen at Cincy Shopper
 
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DIY "Our Family Rocks" ~ Dawn at Homemaking Hacks
 
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Lavender Shortbread Cookies ~ Meinhilde at Kiku Corner
 
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Indian Saag Paneer ~ Rebecca at My Natural Family
 
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Easy Homemade Onion Rings ~ Jaime at Coupons and Freebies Mom
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
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Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!



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Ordering Custom Art & Home Decor (Why it's awesome!)


Last week I shared with y'all how to love a creative person. It was really fun to write because it kinda made me understand myself a little better, and totally made me appreciate Reed so much. As I was writing that post I was about to start three HUGE projects I have had on my plate for  a while and so I was still very much in the excited stage. Now I am in the midst of those projects and I'm still pumped but I'm a little bit nervous too. Every time I start a project for a client I always have to explain myself to the people who help me along the way. I don't want that to sound bad, it's always good explaining but I start off with "Well, my dream is to be a furniture builder, so I am starting this for a lady..." and what I have learned from Reed is I need to give myself more credit. I AM  furniture builder, I AM designing and building this for a CLIENT.

So as a kind of transition from last weeks post on how to love a creative person I thought I would write a post about why supporting a creative person is important, and how you can do that while also getting awesome work for your home :)



I don't want this to be a "buy my product" post, so I am not going to post any thing "for sale" but I am using images of pieces I have built and sold in the past. I want this to be a post that will talk about the benefits from buying from a maker and helping support THEM while getting awesome unique work for YOU.  

So anyway, in this world of IKEA furniture at awesome prices, everyone falling head over heals for chalk paint thrift finds, I have found that often times it is hard to convince people that purchasing custom work is worth it. I get it that custom work can cost more than a thrift shop, and some cases IKEA. But when you are purchasing work made by a small time, small business you are doing so much more than purchasing an item for your home.

You are supporting a dream.

You are helping pay the bills.

You are funding a new business. 

You are telling them they have a talent. 

You let them know they are worth it

Now, those are not meant to be cheesy gooey "quick go buy something from ETSY" reasons. Those are legit things that every time I get a purchase of any item, $15- $1,500, will run through my mind. I am always so encouraged when someone thinks my product is WORTH their money. They don't ask for discounts, they don't try and barter or bargain with me. They treat me like they would a real business. THAT means so much! 




Now, I also wanted to share a few reasons on why purchasing custom work benefits YOU!

You are getting a quality piece.
  - Usually. Now I get that some ETSY shops may not produce the "best" work. But for the most part, people that are wanting this to be a career. They are producing QUALITY work for  a crazy good deal. Think about it, when you purchase something from IKEA, 1. it's not real wood and 2. you have to put it together when you get home. If you order a handmade cusotm piece of furniture from a local builder, they will put in HOURS of work, and use the best materials and you don't have to worry about assembling it when you get home! 

You are getting something totally unique. 
- You know how when you see an HGTV home and it always has the coolest stuff, like so many unique pieces that you can never find. Usually, it's because you are right, you can't just find those. They are having pieces made for the space, or reworked specifically for them. Guess what YOU CAN DO THAT TOO! It may sounds crazy, but you don't have to copy an entire room from the Pottery Barn magazine, you can make one that functions and looks the way YOU want when you work with a custom builder/maker. 

You are getting a story.
- This is my favorite part about buying from small businesses. I love to tell people, "Yeah I found this girl in town that does custom work, she has a sweet little studio where she does everything in her yard." Or whatever the story was. There is always a story, how you found them, the process you went through to design the piece, a new friendship, SO MANY STORIES! 



Basically, buying custom art and home decor isn't as scary and expensive as you may think. Do your research find a local maker that can help you build a dining room table to fit YOUR space AND your BUDGET. Find someone that you want to support their dream of painting for a living. ETSY has made this a little easier, but if you want something local to you, usually the good ole google can help you find someone local. Just put in a little bit of time and you could end up with something you never dreamed could be apart of your home. 

Find someone and be apart of their story. 




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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Making Monday #89

Welcome to Making Monday

This week Reed and I had to use the AC for the first time... I am STOKED because I love warm weather. I love not having cold toes...


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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:



This week I tried to put some perspective on how to love a creative person. We can be a bit tricky sometimes ;)

Lori's newest fav. meal is her Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps. I must say, I mayyyyy be trying them soon! 
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:




 I really like the asymmetric trend and this DIY Hi-lo Circle Skirt would be perfect in a nice cotton for summer. 


Lets all start getting summer ready, most importantly getting our Yards Summer Ready!


These are a super cute and easy project - Spring Wood Flowers DIY


For all you recent grads, how about a couple Resume Tips!


Y'all know I love some shoes... These DIY Ombre Dyed Canvas Sneakers are rad!
   
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
MakingMondayGuidelines


Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!



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